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GUIDED MATH: Practical Strategies to Differentiate Your Math Instruction Using Small Groups, Centers and Whole Group Instruction (Grades K-3)

Presented by Deborah Allen Wirth
Outstanding Award-Winning Teacher, Author and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Classroom Teachers, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Other Educators Teaching Mathematics in Grades K-3

  • Practical, classroom-proven ideas for planning, organizing and managing guided math groups and math centers in your grades K-3 classrooms
  • Innovative guided math teaching strategies to strengthen all your students’ math skills from the struggling to the highly capable
  • Many easy-to-use math center ideas to engage your students in meaningful math work allowing you to teach small, guided math groups
  • Outstanding instructional strategies you can use immediately to help your K-3 students catch up in math

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Meeting the individual math needs of all your students is a challenging task to face throughout the year. Discover what Deborah Allen Wirth has been successfully using for over two decades – GUIDED MATH instruction. In this strategy-packed seminar, you will learn how you can use guided math strategies to find the time you need to work with individuals and small groups. Guided math will help you develop practical techniques, instructional strategies and routines that allow you to work with your students in small, guided math groups at their level of readiness and need. Using classroom proven techniques to implement guided math in your classroom, you will be able to differentiate your math instruction while using your current curriculum and materials. Whether you are teaching in a self-contained classroom or in a resource program, you will find Deborah’s ideas to be practical and easy to apply. Even better, you will receive dozens of ideas and tips to help all your students experience success in learning math. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to participate in this high energy seminar that will leave you with strategies and ideas you can use immediately in your own classroom.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical GUIDED MATH Strategies to Differentiate Your Math Instruction
    Strengthen your K-3 math instruction using proven, guided math strategies … Discover powerful strategies for implementing small, guided math instructional groups and math centers that will build and reinforce your students’ math skills
  2. Explore the Power of Small Group Guided Math Instruction
    See how the power of “just in time” teaching helps to catch students before they fall behind in math … How to scaffold students’ learning using small, focused guided math groups
  3. Maximize Your Instructional Time to Catch Students Up Who Have Fallen Behind
    Discover timesaving and inventive ideas for organizing a guided math classroom that allows you to work with small, skill focused groups, while other students are actively involved in relevant, independent activities … Tried and true organization and management tips
  4. Differentiated, Teacher Tested Strategies for All Math Ability Levels
    Learn practical and simple ways to modify and differentiate your math center activities to maximize learning for each of your students
  5. Challenge Your Top Math Students While Addressing the Needs of Your Struggling Students
    Guided math provides the structure you’ve been looking for to meet the diverse needs of your students … Discover how you can find time for reteaching and practice with those students who need it the most while your highly capable math students are challenged with meaningful work
  6. Utilize Your Existing Math Curriculum in a Guided Math Framework
    Explore how guided math can be used with the curriculum and materials you are currently using … Boost students’ understanding of number sense, basic facts, measurement, geometry, problem solving, and more
  7. What to Do with the Rest of Your Class While You Meet with Guided Math Groups
    Utilize proven techniques for moving students in and out of small group instruction and math center activities … Use unique transitioning strategies to maximize learning and time on task … How to hold students accountable for center learning and work
  8. Decrease Math Stress and Increase Student Interest in Math
    Add creative, fun activities to your teaching repertoire … Ignite students’ natural curiosity and reinforce their ability to succeed in math using guided math strategies
  9. Investigate Whole Class Springboard Activities to Introduce Independent Math Centers
    Learn new ways to motivate your entire class into center participation … How to use whole class springboard activities to introduce tiered centers
  10. Utilize Inexpensive, Everyday Materials for Your Math Centers
    Make use of readily available materials to create exciting math centers … Find out tricks of the trade for gathering a host of materials without spending a lot of money (or any at all!)

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Classroom proven strategies to organize, implement and manage guided math groups and math centers
  • Incorporate quality math centers that address the NCTM Content Standards
  • Practical tips for making guided math groups a powerful teaching strategy for all ability levels from struggling to highly capable
  • How you can use guided math to catch students before they fall behind in math
  • How to implement outstanding, independent math learning centers with minimal preparation and expense
  • Use your current curriculum and materials with your guided math groups
  • Develop meaningful, independent practice that complements your whole group instruction
  • Use inexpensive and/or readily available materials to create exciting math centers
  • Integrate children’s literature into your math program and centers
  • Realistic ways to modify and differentiate your math center activities to maximize learning for each of your students
  • Techniques to make the most of your valuable math instructional time
  • How to organize your math block and create a guided math classroom
  • Effectively assess and evaluate your learning centers to make meaningful instructional decisions
  • Timesaving ways to hold students accountable for math center activities without spending hours of your own time

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Have you ever walked into your classroom and wondered how students of the same age could be so different? I certainly have. I’ve also wondered how I, as their teacher, could meet their needs and make sure every student is learning all he or she possibly could. Fortunately, through the use of my guided math framework, I meet the varying needs of my students. In doing so, I plan easier and make learning engaging and exciting for students.

As the name suggests, guided math parallels guided reading. For years, teachers have been using guided reading to meet the needs of students at their instructional level in the area of language arts. In this seminar, you will learn how to successfully develop, set up and introduce guided math to differentiate instruction in the mathematics realm. This seminar will also allow you to discover ways to find the time needed to work with individuals and small groups using practical, standards-based centers that will actively engage, challenge and meet the needs of all students.

As teachers, we work hard to provide engaging, respectful work that will challenge students at all levels of learning. Guided math does just that! All of the ideas I will share with you have been tried in my classroom with my own students. The center activities are tested and practical. My goal is to give you an array of ideas and activities you can use the next day in your classroom. You will also see how your current math curriculum and materials may be used in conjunction with the guided math framework.

I’d love for you to join me to talk about ideas for using guided math with young learners. You’ll quickly see how it will get your students, their parents and you motivated and turned on to math!

Deborah Allen Wirth

P.S. You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook written specifically for this seminar. It is filled with all the strategies and ideas we’ll discuss during our day together.

Who Should Attend

Classroom Teachers, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and other educators teaching mathematics in Grades K-3

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:

  • Dozens of ideas to create successful math learning centers in your classrooms
  • Springboard activities to use with the whole class to motivate your students for learning center work
  • Center activities to meet the various ability levels in your classroom
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in increasing strengthening their grades K-3 math programs.

Consultation Available
Deborah Allen Wirth will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own grades K-3 math program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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